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So what of the fabric and thread that they sent down the runway for their Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear show (Consider SS13 officially dead)? This is the third season that draws upon the isle of Sicily as its primary inspiration. D&G have stated that they feel so inspired by the Italian paradise they could continue on forever, putting a proverbial sock firmly in the cynical critics mouths who claim to be bored with the Greco-Roman stimulus. Personally, while repetition of inspirational material is unusual for top level designers so long as Dolce & Gabbana continue producing such superb quality merchandise time after time, long may Sicily bear fruit.
Super slimline tailoring was shown beside Zeus-Apollo prints that appeared across shorts, wide cut tops and bomber jackets. My favourite looks from the comprehensive 76 look collection can be seen here. The sleek silhouette is a favourite figure of mine and is typical of Italian tailoring. The waist cinching jackets can be very unforgiving, so I would advise the larger man to avoid these in general. But the squared tops and shorts enhance a masculine profile and can be worn by most with relative ease. Every season Dolce & Gabbana find a unique niche with their accessories and this season I believe the notable footwear will be emulated by the likes of Zara and H&M come next year. The Roman style leather sandals and waxed canvas lace-ups completed the looks, magnificently suggestive of the Sicilian afflatus.
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The models were a team of men scouted on the streets of Sicily, giving a raw element to the overall aesthetic. All I can say is if these are "non models" Sicily certainly has more to offer than lemons!
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